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I want to hear from you guys about your Plasmas. This is not a "Mine is Better than Yours" thread. Be thoughtful and honest.

Just got a new display? Post it here ONLY: please do not start a new thread

Tell me the following:

1. The "Model" you have.

2. What convinced you to purchase this particular "Model".

3. What you like best about your Plasma.

4. What you don't like about your Plasma.

5. What "Feature(s)" you wish your Plasma had.

6. What advice or suggestion would you make to the "Manufacture" about your Plasma.

7. What was your biggest "Surprise" after you received your Plasma.

8. What "Problems or Issues" have you had with your Plasma.

9. Do you really think that todays "Prices" are worth it.

10. Any additional information that you want to add is encouraged.

Thanks.

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1. Panasonic TH-37PW5UZ. 37" 5th gen ED.
2. a. It was one of the few which fit the space provided.
b. I could see no motion artifacts.
3. Picture quality.
4. The composite and S-Video are not active at the same time. (Brain dead design.)
5. That #4. be fixed.
6. Fix #4
7. a. That SD looked so cruddy. (Calibration is way off, needed VE/AVIA.)
b. That I didn't use 4:3 mode.
8. Brightness gradient. (Top of screen is brighter than bottom. <<a href="http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?postid=1727942#post1727942" target="_blank">http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...42#post1727942>)
b. Burn in beginning to show <<a href="http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?postid=3260495#post3260495" target="_blank">http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...95#post3260495>.
9. Don't know, depends on your finances.
10. The problems are minor the picture is great.
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1. Panasonic 42" PWD6UY

2. Excellent reviews + excellent PQ + excellent price

3. PQ is incredible

4. Nothing yet

5. Multiple component inputs. But, I could buy a blade for that.

6. Keep up the good work

7. The PQ...blows me away everytime I watch a movie.

8. None. (hold on, I'm knocking on wood)

9. Absolutely.

10. It's a beautiful thing, our plasma, and I wish more people would research them before just listening to the bogus stories and believing them. It's tiring to have to repeatedly defend your purchase to friends/family, when they all own 50" + RPTVs.

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1. The "Model" you have.

Panasonic TH-42PHD6UY.

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2. What convinced you to purchase this particular "Model".

Panasonic reputation, 720p suppport. The ED vs. HD decision was made based on viewing distance (8'-9') and my intention to run lots of HD content via PC, XBox and HD cable. I chose the 42" HD rather than the 50" HD because the 50" was probably too large for the viewing distance, and much more expensive to boot.

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3. What you like best about your Plasma.

Image quality!!!
Also the build quality of the Panasonic is great. DVI-HDCP is a good thing for the future (unfortunately).
Did I mention the image? WOW!

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4. What you don't like about your Plasma.

Burn-in paranoia . Overscan issues from PC (not really the Plasma's fault, but I don't want to gush too much ).

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5. What "Feature(s)" you wish your Plasma had.

720p / 1080i stretch for 4x3 pillars.
Some have mentioned Dolby noise reduction as a nice feature, although I've never noticed a need for it.

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6. What advice or suggestion would you make to the "Manufacture" about your Plasma.

More input options via expandable cards would be nice (i.e. an DVI / S-Vdeo
input card).

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7. What was your biggest "Surprise" after you received your Plasma.

Just how good it looked out of the box and after a DVE calibration. Simply stunning! It's hard to even put into words how gorgeous it looks.

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8. What "Problems or Issues" have you had with your Plasma.

Juggling inputs between all the devices I have took some effort. Having a few more inputs would help, but I've been saying that about every TV I've bought for the past 15 years.

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9. Do you really think that todays "Prices" are worth it.

$4,000+ isn't cheap for anything but a car. On the other hand, I use my plasma for video games, computer games, web browsing, DVD, SD and HDTV. Unless I'm sleeping or out of the house, I'm usually using the Plasma. I feel like I'm getting my money's worth from it.

Further, the lifetime on the newer sets means I should be able to use my plasma for many years to come. I expect I'll have something better in a few years, but my plasma can go into the bedroom or guest room (or office as a monitor ) when that happens. I did buy a 4-year extended warranty (5 years total coverage) to make sure my plasma is still working when the time comes.

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10. Any additional information that you want to add is encouraged.

I've had my plasma for almost 2 months. I consider it a great deal. I was hesitant at first to spend so much money (especially over the Internet), but Visual Apex made the purchase great.

I can understand anyone's reservations. It's a lot of money for most of us and not to be taken lightly. I debated for months on getting a plasma before finally pulling the trigger. I'm glad I did. I suspect most home theater enthusiasts would be equally satisfied with a good plasma purchase.
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1. The "Model" you have.
-Panasonic TH42PWD6UY
2. What convinced you to purchase this particular "Model".
-Price, Contrast Ratio, Black Level
3. What you like best about your Plasma.
-The great picture
4. What you don't like about your Plasma.
Not enough discrete codes. Not happy with the remote control. Of course, I bought the non-consumer version so those complaints aren't exactly valid.
5. What "Feature(s)" you wish your Plasma had.
See #4
6. What advice or suggestion would you make to the "Manufacturer" about your Plasma.
See#4. Continue to improve PQ.
7. What was your biggest "Surprise" after you received your Plasma.
That 'Justification' mode is watchable. I had planned on being a grey pillar guy.
8. What "Problems or Issues" have you had with your Plasma.
Switching picture settings. I have different settings for SD, HD, DVD, and video games and changing them is a slight inconvenience. It would be remedied with discrete codes that let me go directly to a specific picture setting.
9. Do you really think that today's "Prices" are worth it.
It was absolutely worth the money for me, but prices need to keep dropping. If the 50" had been less than $5k I would have bought it instead.
10. Any additional information that you want to add is encouraged.
I wish I would have visited the plasma forum earlier- it would have saved me a year of trying to decide between a DLP or LCD RPTV when I wasn't happy with the PQ on either of them.
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I want to hear from you guys about your Plasmas. This is not a "Mine is Better than Yours" thread. Be thoughtful and honest.

Tell me the following:

1. The "Model" you have.

Fujitsu P50XHA30WS


2. What convinced you to purchase this particular "Model".

Fujitsu's build and service reputation, dealer's choice, black levels, the handeling of "noise", color accuracy, smaller footprint than Pio, AVS Forum members very rarely have reported any problems and love it, and warranty

3. What you like best about your Plasma.

Of all the things I like best about the Fujitsu, I have to say the AVM and the handeling of video "noise"

4. What you don't like about your Plasma.

I wish it was fan-less

5. What "Feature(s)" you wish your Plasma had.

I wish it had another DVI input

6. What advice or suggestion would you make to the "Manufacture" about your Plasma.

Add another DVI/HDMI Input and make it fan-less

7. What was your biggest "Surprise" after you received your Plasma.

Just how good it looks even with SD channels. I hardly notice the stretch or zoom mode


8. What "Problems or Issues" have you had with your Plasma.

None so far

9. Do you really think that todays "Prices" are worth it.

I think it is a total luxury, and getting the Fujitsu even more so. For me, in for a penny, in for a pound...there is no better plasma on the market today IMHO

10. Any additional information that you want to add is encouraged.

Please see my thread for my detailed review and story:

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...hreadid=367381

I know all you readers want to know what is the best and what is the best value for the money and how X compares to Y. There is no substitute for going out and using your own eyes. For me, when I compared the Pioneer, Fujitsu, and Panasonic they were all right next to each other with same lighting, same video feed, same connections. Fujitsu won hands down, but I don't think you can go wrong with any of those purchases. I am lucky to live in a competitve area and I can dicker and deal and have many options for purchase to allow me to do that.

Cheers

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1. Hitachi 42HDT50
2. After much research and reading many reviews and finally seeing the set in person next to some others I were considering.
3. Picture quality and general appearance of the panel.
4. Nothing yet
5. Nothing that I have missed to this point. Maybe another DVI input for future considerations.
6. I just hope the quality of the product is as good as everything has been to this point.
7. Seeing the HD feed for the first time made everything worth it. Also, viewing 4:3 content in stretch mode has been much better than I anticipated. (It took virtually no time to get use to it)
8. No problems, set up and use has been a breeze. Also, although I had concerns and questions regarding burn-in, it seems pretty much as a non-issue for me. The few changes to my viewing habits has been very easy.
9. Although I love my set and would do it again in a minute, IMO, $5k+ is still a lot for a TV.
10. Have fun in your research. I took my time and in the end, couldn't be happier with my decision. Just walking by the plasma gives me a good feeling.
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1. Panel: Pioneer Elite 1110HD

2. Purchased because: excellent PQ, 2 HDMI inputs, and packaging with rest of Pioneer Elite AV equipment (55Txi receiver, 59Avi DVD), not to mention a Pioneer salesman twisted my rubber arm really hard.

3. Like best: High Def PQ, particularly bright, outdoor scenes

4. Like least: The famous Pioneer "crappy blacks", but becoming less of an issue as time passes.

5. Would like: An OSD to tell me the carrier & native frame rates of the incoming signal so I know if pulldown is active or not.

6. Suggestion to manuf: Work on those blacks.

7. Biggest surprise: The surprise was not from the panel itself, but from me. I have become very, very picky about the minutia of PQ. Before getting the panel, I simply watched a DVD. Now I study every scene so intently I sometime forget to follow the plot.

8. Problem. I mucked around in the service menu and threw off the PQ. I felt like that night in 1994 when the Leafs missed going to the Stanley Cup finals because of a blown call in overtime. Took me a while to get everything back to factory settings. Still not over the blown call.

9. Prices. Still very high, but I wasn't going to wait any longer for prices to drop.

10. Additional info: IMHO latest generation of plasmas are *almost* perfect. The next generation will probably have the best PQ a plasma can get before switching to one of the newer, emerging technologies.

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1. The "Model" you have.

Pioneer 503CMX

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2. What convinced you to purchase this particular "Model".

Price / Performance. Upgradability. People are amazed when I tell them it cost half the price of what they see in the store.

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3. What you like best about your Plasma.

[Homer Simpson voice] Mmmm... High Def

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4. What you don't like about your Plasma.

It is currently in the local tv repair shop getting a new power supply.

The bezel could be a little nicer. But that's what you get when you get the commercial model.

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5. What "Feature(s)" you wish your Plasma had.

DVI. I can buy a new card (see #2) but don't want to bite the bullet yet.

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6. What advice or suggestion would you make to the "Manufacture" about your Plasma.

Can't think of any.

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7. What was your biggest "Surprise" after you received your Plasma.

How quickly I got used to 50 inch. My previous tv was a 36 in. CRT.

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8. What "Problems or Issues" have you had with your Plasma.

I had the buzzing problem others have noted. It seemed to disappear at some point. I swear I didn't just get used to it.

Two weeks ago something related to the power supply blew. It's in the shop (under warranty). I wonder if the 2 problems are related. I always felt the buzzing sounded like a transformer/power buzz.

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9. Do you really think that todays "Prices" are worth it.

It's all relative. If you have the money it's worth it.

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10. Any additional information that you want to add is encouraged.

Don't keep reading this board after making a purchase. You'll soon want the next latest and greatest.

Ron
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1. Panasonic TH-42PA20

2. Best combination of picture quality and price

3. Picture quality, especially with DVDs

4. Although I haven't had the shutdown problem, it is sometimes worrisome.

5. I wish it swiveled on the pedestal stand.

6. I would suggest to Panasonic to be more proactive about issues such as the shutdown problem.

7. I wasn't sure how SD programming would be, but it was a pleasant surprise.

8. Minor DVI issue in that the picture was shifted left a couple of inches when a 1080i signal was received. Was easily fixed by a technician who made a couple of EEPROM value changes.

9. I think today's prices on the Panasonics are very worth it.

10. 7 months later and I still marvel at it everytime I watch it. Absolutely no buyer's remorse. One of the best purchases I've ever made.
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1. The "Model" you have.

NEC 61XM2/S

2. What convinced you to purchase this particular "Model".

Size. I could not see one. Trusted AVS and other reviews of
the Marantz and similar plasmas.

3. What you like best about your Plasma.

Size, Color is magnificent, and size.

4. What you don't like about your Plasma.

4096 shades of gray and their processor still manages
to create banding in dark and light areas. It can be
tuned to be OK, but processing is not as good as
my 503CMX.

5. What "Feature(s)" you wish your Plasma had.

- Accept 1368x768 dot for dot and throw away 3 pixels
- Separate gray bar settings for each input
- Discrete codes to changing picture modes
- Better scaling
- .2 Nit black levels like the Pannys

6. What advice or suggestion would you make to the "Manufacture" about your Plasma.

Put numbers on the screen adjustments.
Make many more settings input based and resolution based.
Support dot for dot 1365 or 1368.

See #5.
Please. We know you are Japanese and all, but we can handle
firmware updates. I promise...

7. What was your biggest "Surprise" after you received your Plasma.

That 4096 shades of gray seems to be mostly marketing hype.
Posterization and banding are worse than my 503CMX, although
they are acceptable.


8. What "Problems or Issues" have you had with your Plasma.

The idiots delivered on lying flat. Menus were intermittent and
I had to get it replaced. New one is great

9. Do you really think that todays "Prices" are worth it.

I must have since I spent the money

10. Any additional information that you want to add is encouraged.

I really like my Plasma. I will probably be buying a the new Lumagen scaler to get better processing and an extra DVI unput.

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1. The "Model" you have.

TH-42PWD6UY

2. What convinced you to purchase this particular "Model".

Great reviews from knowledgeable on this forum.

3. What you like best about your Plasma.

Picture Quality is just awesome. I had people come over my house who
never showed interest on TV or Video equipment and they just keep talking
about my plasma. They come into my home and they are totally fixated on
how the shows they watch on their TVs look totally amazing when viewed
on my plasma.

4. What you don't like about your Plasma.

Lack of Closed Captioning option on the industrial model. I didn't want
the consumer model but I wanted closed caption.

5. What "Feature(s)" you wish your Plasma had.

See #4


6. What advice or suggestion would you make to the "Manufacture" about your Plasma.

See #4

7. What was your biggest "Surprise" after you received your Plasma.

I'm surprised every day when viewing anything. I can't believe I missed so
much detail on my previous sets.

8. What "Problems or Issues" have you had with your Plasma.

None.

9. Do you really think that today's "Prices" are worth it.

Worth it, can be debatable. It's a fairly recent technology (compared with
other TV sets) and the cost of producing it - it's fairly high. If you can afford
spending some money in AV equipment, then it's worth it. I don't recommend
going into debt or taking a loan just to have one.

10. Any additional information that you want to add is encouraged.

If you are looking for a small form factor TV set that can give you an astounding
picture quality, look no further than a plasma.
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1. The "Model" you have.

Panasonic TH-42PWD6UY

2. What convinced you to purchase this particular "Model".

After trying a few RPTVs I was getting pretty discouraged about finding a new display that worked right in my house. After reading all the good reviews of the Panny I decided to check one out and was surprised at how great it looked. After 4+ months of viewing different models and a lot of AVS reading I got one.

3. What you like best about your Plasma.

It's like looking through an open window - the pq is incredible.

4. What you don't like about your Plasma.

DNR would be nice, although I don't know if I would use it. It would be nice if it had come with DVI, but not a huge deal since it's a commercial model. In home warranty would be a good thing too.

5. What "Feature(s)" you wish your Plasma had.

See above. DNR would be a bonus.

6. What advice or suggestion would you make to the "Manufacture" about your Plasma.

Die overscan die. There has to be some way this can be right out of the box.

7. What was your biggest "Surprise" after you received your Plasma.

How much heavier it was than I thought it would be lifting it into the mount.

8. What "Problems or Issues" have you had with your Plasma.

Not yet, knock on wood!

9. Do you really think that todays "Prices" are worth it.

Depends on the person I guess. If I was still a University student I'd probably laugh at spending $3k on a TV. I'm not anymore so I can afford it and it suits my needs perfectly, so yes.

10. Any additional information that you want to add is encouraged.

Make sure your mount is level the first time.
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Die overscan die. There has to be some way this can be right out of the box.

Your broadcasters and other content prroviders are going to have get this right first, or they'll get lots of complaints. You can usually eliminate overscan if you want to, when I tried I got ragged edges.
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Your broadcasters and other content prroviders are going to have get this right first, or they'll get lots of complaints. You can usually eliminate overscan if you want to, when I tried I got ragged edges.

I know - I'm just making an unreasonable demand.

I did get rid of overscan on all my inputs with the help of AVIA, looks fine now but it would be nicer if I didn't have to!
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1. Panasonic TH-42PWD4UY (older model so some of the stuff I'm talking about has probably been resolved or made easier).

2. After reading about several models it was between that and the NEC MP2 (?, don't remember now), but couldn't see one of those in a store, but could see the Panny before ordering.

3. Good clarity, nice colors. Nice source material really shines with this display, but enough adjustments are available to do some dressing up of poorer sources. Very tweakable. Gives a larger picture without taking up too much space (I have a small living room). Really like the overall PQ. HD looks really good on it (it's an ED panel, the only flavor Panasonic had when I bought mine). Fleshtones look really good.

4. It's too easy to reset it back to defaults by accidentally hitting the "normalize" button. Sometimes shows banding. Blacks are nice and dark but at the expense of a bit of detail loss in some dark scenes.

5. More component inputs (right now have 4 sources using component so using a switcher). In addition DVI would be nice, but to upgrade I'd lose component.

6. Don't ship them out in torch mode. Toss in a calibration disc with each display. Make the wobbler on/off a single button instead of having to go though easter-egg hoops with the secret menu.

7. It looked so big at first my husband and I kept laughing at it. Also like others here I've gotten pretty picky about the quality of sources.

8. See #4.

9. Prices are much lower now than when I bought mine.

10. Can't think of anything right now.
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Tell me the following:

1. The "Model" you have.

- 50PHD6-UY

2. What convinced you to purchase this particular "Model".

- Price was only slightly higher than the Pio 503CMX
- The AVS Forum convinced me it's the 2nd best panel available. The AVS Forum says the Fujitsu is only slight better.
- Seems best bang for buck

3. What you like best about your Plasma.

- "Finding Nemo" and "Toy Story 2" look 3-D while watching. This panel has GREAT PQ.

4. What you don't like about your Plasma.

- It's not ISF calibrated, but the standard settings are very close to DVE calibration.

5. What "Feature(s)" you wish your Plasma had.

- DVI / HDMI inputs

6. What advice or suggestion would you make to the "Manufacture" about your Plasma.

- See #5

7. What was your biggest "Surprise" after you received your Plasma.

- See #3

8. What "Problems or Issues" have you had with your Plasma.

- None

9. Do you really think that todays "Prices" are worth it.

- Very subjective, but I wish I could have 50" quality and price in a 60" panel.

10. Any additional information that you want to add is encouraged.

- You won't be disappointed with the Panny 50"
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1. The "Model" you have.
Panasonic TH-42PWD5UY

2. What convinced you to purchase this particular "Model".
PQ and reputaion

3. What you like best about your Plasma.
PQ

4. What you don't like about your Plasma.
Not upgradable

5. What "Feature(s)" you wish your Plasma had.
No DVI

6. What advice or suggestion would you make to the "Manufacture" about your Plasma.
Some way to add DVI

7. What was your biggest "Surprise" after you received your Plasma.
The PQ was better than what I had seen at the stores

8. What "Problems or Issues" have you had with your Plasma.
Have had no problems or issues

9. Do you really think that todays "Prices" are worth it.
Yes

10. Any additional information that you want to add is encouraged.
N/A
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1. TH-42PWD5UY

2. I was convinced solely on the recommendation of Forum members. I used to think Sony was the best at pretty much everything. Then I took a good hard 20 minute look at the Panasonic PDP against others, and I was convinced.

3. I like how thin it is and how cool my friends think I am for having one

4. how delicate it is, how awesome it makes my livivng room look.

5. I wish it had PIP

6. have a whole mess of inputs without having to buy additional cards

7. How much better DVDs and HDTV looks on it compared to all other types of displays, especially the "glow".

8. Mounting it was tricky.

9. Yes, the online prices are worth it.

10. hang out on AVSforum for the best deals and info, nothing else to be said.
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[quote]Originally posted by cheridave
[b]I want to hear from you guys about your Plasmas. This is not a "Mine is Better than Yours" thread. Be thoughtful and honest.

Tell me the following:

1. The "Model" you have.

*****Fusjitsu P42HVA20US

2. What convinced you to purchase this particular "Model".

*****Warranty and local availability at competitive price against Panny

3. What you like best about your Plasma.

*****PQ, "Wide" mode (can't even see where the pic is stretched.

4. What you don't like about your Plasma.

*****Lack of screensaver and single DVI input.

5. What "Feature(s)" you wish your Plasma had.

*****see #4.

6. What advice or suggestion would you make to the "Manufacture" about your Plasma.

*****see #4.

7. What was your biggest "Surprise" after you received your Plasma.

*****The PQ is beautiful on both SD and HD sources.

8. What "Problems or Issues" have you had with your Plasma.

*****None.

9. Do you really think that todays "Prices" are worth it.

*****It was worth it to me. YMMV.

10. Any additional information that you want to add is encouraged.

*****Absolutely no hint of burn-in and have never seen any ghosting either. The Wide mode is so good I don't feel it is necessary to watch anything in 4:3.

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1. Pio 1110hd

2. I was able to compare against all of the popular brands locally and "I" felt like this was the best one for me. I bought the unit from a local dealer for $300.00 less than the very best price on the net and got free delivery and setup.

3 The PQ is outstanding better than anything I looked at. The blacks are not a problem as some people have stated and there are no problems with the so called green push. This TV is a lot " Classier " than anything else out there.

4. Nothing YET

5. Has everthing I want or need.

6. Nothing

7. The PQ. Its so good its scary.

8. None yet

9. The price I paid was fine. I may have got more bang for the buck, but I don't think I will even try to second guess myself on this one.

10. I have been an Audiophile for 50. Years of chasing the Holy Grail never found it. With that said I feel like this was a purchase I will never regret. The PQ is as close to perfect as you can get at this state of the art. The media box is a great big extra and even the speakers and sound quality are good enough for the time being. In closing this was the right TV at the right time at a SUPER price
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1. Pioneer PDP-433CMX

2. Picture Quality, bright colors, crystal clear - well defined image, price from Dell

3. Fantastic HiDef picture, decent SD picture. I also like the fact that it can be upgraded with a card to receive and decode DVI/HDCP content making it "future proof". This was a big factor in my decision since other models like the then current Panasonics could NOT be upgraded.

4. Wish I would have bought a 50 inch model like the Pioneer PDP-503CMX.

5. Two component inputs would have been nice.

6. Keep making commercial models available through the Internet.

7. Can' think of any surprise(s).

8. None - black levels are fine and NOT a problem for my wife and I.

9. Probably still too high for most consumers.

10. If I had it to do again, I would get a 50 inch model.
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1. TH42PW5UZ, 5th gen consumer model.

2. Selected this model because it was generally considered the best performing >40" ED display and I really could not justify the expense of an HD panel. Paid slightly more for the consumer model to get in-home warranty service.

3. Picture quality, especially the black levels.

4. There's not much I don't like. The limited number of inputs forced me to upgrade my receiver to a model wth component switching, but that also helped reduce the number cables to the plasma.

5. Now wish it were 8" larger. I'd now seriously consider a 50" plasma, probably will do that eventually and move the 42" to the bedroom. Also, PIP would have been nice, but it's already been added to the 6th gen.

6. Don't skimp on quality to reduce prices! It seems that Panasonic has been cutting some corners in some of their products lately and this has caused some problems (e.g. Plasma shut down issue, H02 error in DVD players, etc.). If they want to keep me as a customer, they will need to improve/maintain the reliability of their products.

7. No stuck or dead pixels and the black levels were better than I expected.

8. None.

9. Absolutely. At this point, I'd never consider going back to an RPTV and don't have the room for FP.

10. My only regret is not pressing my wife a little more to let me buy the 50" model. She's actually very happy with the 42", but at our 11' viewing distance, I think the 50" would be a lot more theater-like.

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It has been great to see how you guys responded to this thread. It appears that "Picture Quality" is the main driver in peoples purchase decisions. I hope that some of the other folks will contribute to this thread.

Thanks.

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< Bump > to see more opinions.
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1. Panny TH-42PWD6UY
2. My viewing distance, content, price
3. PQ
4. No complaints
5. Automatic input sensing (?)
6. ??
7. PQ better than I expected
8. None
9. Yeah ... $2500 was the magic PP for me
10. No regrets buying an EDTV plasma ... this Panny is awesome!
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1. The "Model" you have.
Panny 50PX20

2. What convinced you to purchase this particular "Model".
Research on AVS and 50% off promo at CC
3. What you like best about your Plasma.
Picture quality on HD
4. What you don't like about your Plasma.
No DVI (has 1 HDMI) and the buzzing sound.
5. What "Feature(s)" you wish your Plasma had.
Multiple DVI inputs
6. What advice or suggestion would you make to the "Manufacture" about your Plasma.
Reduce the buzzing sound and increase the DVI inputs
7. What was your biggest "Surprise" after you received your Plasma.
The size and clarity of the picture. I initially went with a 42" and exchanged it for a 50".
I am glad I did!
8. What "Problems or Issues" have you had with your Plasma.
None.
9. Do you really think that todays "Prices" are worth it.
The prices could be lower.
10. Any additional information that you want to add is encouraged.
I bought the panny as a "second tv" to view as a stand alone and now
feel the need to go out and get a second sound system because I am
watching it all the time.
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The "Model" you have.

---Fujitsu P63

What convinced you to purchase this particular "Model".

---Always liked Fujitsu (replaced a P50): looked at several 60+ plasmas

What you like best about your Plasma.

--- PICTURE QUALITY

What you don't like about your Plasma.

---slight fan noise

What "Feature(s)" you wish your Plasma had.

---longer warranty on the glass


What was your biggest "Surprise" after you received your Plasma.

---Pleasantly surprised there was no sacrifice of picture quality with the much larger screen even though the resolution was the same as the P50: in essence, the P63 is just a larger P50

What "Problems or Issues" have you had with your Plasma.

---No problems but first unit received with busted plasma glass

Do you really think that todays "Prices" are worth it.

---Prices are still way too high for large plasma displays

Any additional information that you want to add is encouraged.

---If you have a large room and a viewing distance of at least 12 feet, this is one heck of a nice display
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1. The "Model" you have.

NEC 61XM2/S

2. What convinced you to purchase this particular "Model".

Size, Affordable Price, Various reviews of NEC Glass

3. What you like best about your Plasma.

The WOW Factor. PQ, SizeI still cannot believe PQ improvement over my previous Pioneer 503CMX and how much bigger it is. HDCP compliance.

4. What you don't like about your Plasma.

Odd NR resolution (1365 x 768). When displaying NR it only displays 1360 x 768 leaving 5 rows of pixels unlit. The software is just OK. It gets the job done, but this is the one thing I wish I could take from the Pioneer, especially the picture settings savings on a per signal input basis.

5. What "Feature(s)" you wish your Plasma had.

A second DVI input. Better software control - Numbers to let you know exactly what adjustments have been made to a parameter instead of just clicks. They are plenty of picture memories (presets, that can be changed and saved), but no direct access, no memory on a per signal input basis

6. What advice or suggestion would you make to the "Manufacture" about your Plasma.

I will echo RichB again, a firmware update of the software control would make this great Plasma even better and hard to beat at its price.

7. What was your biggest "Surprise" after you received your Plasma.

How big it really was. I bought it sight unseen and knew the specs, but once it arrived and it was on the wall, WOW it was huge. I had to adjust the mounting plate by about 11 to bring it down to optimal viewing height. I was also surprised how much better it was than my Pio 503. I differ from RichB here as we have different sources feeding the plasma. The lack of noise compared to the Pioneer and overall black level improvement was a big improvement.

8. What "Problems or Issues" have you had with your Plasma.

It does not always synch correctly with the cable box via DVI. This is more a cable box problem reading the EDID information. It locks into 480p instead of switching to 720p or 1080i. A shutdown of both the cable box and the plasma fixes the issue.

9. Do you really think that todays "Prices" are worth it.

Tomorrow's price will most likely be better and it is all relative to what you want and when you want it. I cannot complain as I am still trying to figure out how I got the deal I did. I was able to get the dealer to take the Pio 503 on trade and the difference I paid for the NEC was like buying a new Fujitsu 50, so I am very happy.

10. Any additional information that you want to add is encouraged.

With the Pioneer I was using an HTPC for DVD's and feeding it NR via DVI. This was a huge improvement with the Pioneer. With the NEC I am using STB DVD Player feeding 480p. I thought this would be the one area where I would be really disappointed, but I am not. The PQ is head and shoulders above the Pioneer in this area. HD via DVI is a wonderful experience. I cannot say enough good things about Discovery HD and PBS HD. Family friends watch with their mouths open. I am still considering a video processor in the future, but nothing seems just right, yet. In the meantime, I do not feel like I am lacking anything in PQ like I did with the Pioneer 503.

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